Gout is a painful disorder that causes joint inflammation, leading to acute arthritis. Your mobility and overall comfort are affected when gout starts to flare up.
People who have suffered from it, have experienced how awful it can be. The affected joints feel tender, really hot and swollen.
What is the cause of gout?
Over- production of uric acid in the blood causes gout. It is becoming more and more common nowadays, but it was formerly known as a “rich man’s disease”. However, its occurrence can be due, at least in part, to the way we eat. Currently, about 2% of the Western world has had gout and these numbers are only getting higher. This should raise concerns about our lifestyle.
Diet is essential
The Western diet is one of the reasons why gout is on the rise. It consists of too much fructose, meat, alcohol, all of which can drastically up our uric acid production. These large quantities of uric acid in our bodies can cause a buildup of urate in joints and tendons, leading to thepainful inflammation associated with gout.
What is uric acid exactly?
Uric acid is produced mostly by the breakdown of purines, which are found in protein. The breakdown of cells also creates a bit of uric acid, but proteins are the major culprits. The uric acid is excreted by the kidneys, but in case of over- production, there could be a buildup.
It’s not the uric acid itself that builds up in the joints. Uric acid is prone to forming urates in the body, which are different types of salts. Monosodium urate (MSU) is a particularly bad urate. If accumulated in the joints, this urate causes gout.
Medicine is not the only variant: try juicing
Fortunately, there are as well foods that successfully help with gout flare-ups. Low purine veggies such as beets, cucumbers, celery, lettuce and potatoes can help lower uric acid blood levels.
The easiest and quickest, but extremely delicious way to consume these veggies is to drink them in juice. A refreshing cucumber juice is a perfect way to stay healthy and prevent joint inflammation. Try this awesome recipe to improve your state immediately.
Joint Healing Juice
Preparation time- 10 min.
- 1 medium-sized cucumber
- A slice of lemon
- 2 ribs of celery
- 1-inch young ginger root
Clean all vegetables carefully. Make sure there is no dirt left on the celery ribs. Cut the cucumber and the celery into smaller pieces, to blend them easily. Cut the lemon in half, and use only that one on this occasion. Carve out the ginger root and throw everything into your juicer. Simple as that. To alleviate all symptoms, drink it once or twice a day, but for permanent results, keep drinking it in order to make sure you won’t flare up again